|Shaking it up: challenging veteran teachers to change: a dissertation - Lang, Eveyln Baker|
[The] research, conducted at a 600 student middle school, explored the conditions and factors needed by veteran teachers to learn about and implement educational change, either mandated or teacher-initiated. Qualitative research methods used include in-depth interviews of veteran teachers and observations in classrooms, cluster meetings and professional development workshops... The veteran teachers studied were stimulated by change, regularly sought ways to improve, aspired to teach their studen...
Keywords: Teachers -- In-service training
|Stopping-out of college: the students' stories: a dissertation - Webber, Diane Simpson|
This study focuses on young adults under the age of 26 who enrolled in a 4-year college, left college, then later re-enrolled in either the same or different college... The participants of this study demonstrated that through the acts of asking and telling their stories, they could put into words how they made meaning of their experience. --Abstract
Keywords: College dropouts -- United States -- Case studies
|Study of the effects of Peaceable Schools curricula on student achievement in an urban middle school - Nurenberg, David|
Given that a review of the available literature suggests links between the problems of school safety (both physical and emotional) and low student achievement, effective school reform needs to address both issues simultaneously. Most education reformers, though doubtless concerned about safety, have, in the wake of the outcomes-based movement in American education, focused mainly on raising student test scores through increasingly standardizing school structures...
Keywords: Education--Philosophy of; Education--Curriclum and instruction; Achievement; Conflict resolution; Nonviolence; Social constructivism; Peaceable schools; Peace studies
|Sustainable results in urban middle schools: how principals use systems thinking to lead effective change: a dissertation - Burke, Peggy H.|
This study presents the stories of four urban middle school principals engaged in reform that is grounded on the core principle that every early adolescent has the capacity for high-level intellectual development. Data collected over two years through formal interviews and informal conversations with principals and teachers, school and district surveys and reports, student test data, and personal observations were analyzed from a systems thinking theoretcial framework to assess each principal's ...
Keywords: Middle school principals -- United States -- Attitudes